Chandigarh: Seven people have been arrested by the local police after the question paper of the Level 3 (PGT) exam of the Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET), scheduled to be held on November 14, was found leaked in Jind, police said Sunday.
The local police had earlier on Saturday booked six persons in connection with the question paper leak case, one more person is arrested from Rohtak today taking the total accused arrested in the case to seven.
The Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE) cancelled Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET-Level 3) on Saturday following the arrest of five persons in connection with paper leak in Jind.
The Level I and Level II exams however were held successfully on Sunday November 15, 2015. More than 1.37 lakh candidates appeared for the exam in nearly 450 centres in Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. The Level III exam was scheduled to be conducted from 3pm to 5.30pm on Saturday.
Haryana Board of Secondary Education (HBSE) Secretary Pankaj said the decision to cancel the HTET (Level 3) was taken after reports of paper leak surfaced from Jind. He said board officials were intimated about paper leak around 3pm.
“When the leaked paper was matched with the original one, both were similar,” Pankaj said.
The HBSE now plans to conduct the HTET Level III exam on some later date taht would be decided soon, the HBSE Secretary said.
Meanwhile, opposition parties on Sunday trained their guns on the BJP Government in the state over the question paper leak incident.
"Paper gets leaked in Haryana, putting not just thousands of candidates, but also their parents and others who accompany them to the exam centres, to great inconvenience. It also affects the students who have studied for hours on end..
"Is the government competent to hold these examinations or not? If not, then they should publicly declare their inability to do so," senior Congress leader and former Haryana Minister, Randeep Singh Surjewala said.
Congress' Haryana unit legislature party leader, Kiran Choudhary said the paper leak incident has brought to fore the "incompetence" of the government.
She said the incident reflects that the Khattar government has failed to plan in advance for holding the examination in a free and fair manner.
The HTET 2014 has been marred by controversies ever since it was first declared to be held in August. The exams, earlier scheduled to take place on August 30 and 31, were rescheduled first for October and finally to November 14 and 15.
The controversies surrounding the Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET) 2015 did not end here. The Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE) in a bid to promote Prime Minister Modi's 'Digital India' campaign had declared to conduct online computer tests. In response to this, the board received applications from about 44,000 candidates.
The board however directed 12,000 candidates to sit for paper based written exam due to inadequate number of exam centers. The online exams for the aspiring candidates will be held in the engineering and polytechnic colleges of the state.
To give the candidates an idea of the online exam pattern, the board has provided online mock test facility on its official website.